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09 June 2021

Celebrating the contribution of unpaid carers this National Carers’ Week

Cumbria County Council is pleased to be supporting National Carers’ Week this week (7 - 13 June), and is highlighting the support offered by carer organisations in the county.

It is estimated that 10 % of the national population are carers - equivalent to nearly 7 million people in the UK.  The work they carry out is vital for their families and friends, as well as for their local communities.

The annual National Carers Week offers an opportunity to highlight and recognise the achievements of carers and the huge contribution they make.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who needs extra help as they get older.

Whilst the caring role can be rewarding for those people who provide that support, Cumbria County Council also recognises that it can be challenging, and it is vital that carers have access to the support they need. 

Cllr Patricia Bell, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services said:

“The support people provide in their caring role is a vital and highly valued one. National Carers Week is a great opportunity to shine a light on the tremendous things they do and highlight the contribution they make.”

Research indicates there are more than 97,000 unpaid carers in Cumbria - a huge increase from approx. 65,000 unpaid carers before the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cumbria County Council helps to fund the five carers organisations around the county and is encouraging unpaid carers to apply for a carer’s assessment, to see if they may be entitled to further help, support and respite.

If you care for someone, you can have an assessment to see what might help make your life easier.

This is called a carer's assessment and it may recommend things including:

  • Information and advice
  • Breaks (sometimes called respite care)
  • Carers' emergency card
  • Emotional support
  • Support at home
  • Daily living equipment and adaptations to the home
  • Telecare alarms
  • Car badges for disabled drivers and passengers

Cllr Bell continues:

“I’d urge all unpaid carers to consider requesting a carer’s assessment.  The carers organisations that the county council supports around the county can help you with this, as well as help to complete benefit application forms, signposting to other agencies, and providing lots of information and advice about the local support available, including respite for you when you need it.” 

To contact your local carers organisation, call 08443 843230 or visit www.carerssupportcumbria.co.uk

The county council website also has lots of information, advice and guidance for carers here


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Cumbria County Council is pleased to be supporting National Carers’ Week this week (7 - 13 June), and is highlighting the support offered by carer organisations in the county.